Sunnyside High School harriers less than spectacular


MOSES LAKE – Sunnyside Coach George Paulus was disappointed by his team’s performance yesterday at the final Big Nine League cross-country meet of the season at Moses Lake’s Blue Heron Park.

“We pretty much had a lackluster performance,” said Paulus. “We didn’t have anybody on the varsity team get personal bests.”

Sophomore Griffey Sarmiento turned in the fastest time for Sunnyside, touring the 5,000-meter course in 18 minutes and 31 seconds. Sarmiento’s clocking earned him a 35th place showing in the boys varsity race from a field that numbered 50 harriers.

“Griffey was almost a minute slower than his best time,” said Paulus. “I don’t know what caused it.”

Tuesday’s winner was Wenatchee senior Cole Christman. The Panther sped to a winning time of 16:07.53, although one of his teammates – senior Austen Lane – was a close second in 16:07.96.

The next fastest time in the boys varsity race was 16:21.07, set by Eisenhower junior Miguel Vargas.

Also competing for the Sunnyside boys varsity team yesterday were sophomore Joe Rodriguez III, 40th place in 19:02; freshman Arturo Palacios, 41st place in 19:03; junior Alejandro Campos, 45th place in 19:24; junior Anthony Castelleja, 46th place in 19:29; senior Drew Gallardo, 47th place in 19:30; and freshman Isaac Rodriguez, 48th place in 19:42.

“I’m not sure why the team did so poorly at this meet,” said Paulus. “They are going to be hearing about it from me. They’ve been consistently improving until now.”

The girls varsity race winner on Tuesday was junior Kaili Keefe of the West Valley Rams. She clocked a time of 19:41 on the 5,000-meter course. She hit the tape 25 seconds ahead of the runner-up, Davis senior Mercedes Chavez (20:06).

For the Sunnyside girls team, junior Jeniya Guillen notched the top finish. She placed 18th overall from the 44-runner field. Guillen clocked a time of 21:30.

“Jeniya was a full minute off her usual time,” said Paulus. “She’s been off her game since she was injured in the powder puff football match.”

Also representing the Lady Grizzlies at yesterday’s Big Nine League meet were freshman Andrea Diaz, 34th place in 23:37; junior Angela Montes, 35th place in 23:38; senior Rubi Ochoa, 37th place in 25:11; and senior Hesbeyda Villafana, 44th place in 27:29.

The SHS boys and girls cross-country teams are next scheduled to compete at the WIAA District 6 Championships in Wenatchee on Thursday, Oct. 30.

“Griffey and Jeniya have one more shot at State,” said Paulus. “They pretty much have to score in the top 10 at Districts for a shot. There’s not a lot of squeak room there. There are two team slots and two at-large berths. They’ve got to be the top runners not on a (State qualifying) team.”


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